(born 1957, Beijing) is a Chinese artist, curator, architectural designer, social commentator, and activist. Ai Weiwei is married to artist Lu Qing.
According to Chinese authorities, he is a dissident to be watched, one whose inflammatory blog needed to be silenced. But to others, the Chinese conceptual artist, architect, photographer, and curator - loathed and loved for his human rights activism - is the courageous voice needed in todayís repressive China.
Beijing, Jan 13(ANI): Chinese authorities have demolished Chinese social activist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio, a move which he says is linked to his political activism.
AI WEIWEI. Recent work of one of China s most important and outspoken contemporary artists is featured in this book. One of China s most controversial artists, Ai Weiwei is also one of the world s most prominent critics of the Chinese government. A critic of China s handling of such matters as the 2008 Olympic Games, and the tragedy of the 2008 earthquake, Ai Weiwei brings questions about tradition, history, modernity, and change to his works of sculpture, architecture, photography and his blog texts.This attractive volume includes images of Ai Weiwei s acclaimed Fairytale installation for the 2007 Documenta in Kassel, Germany, as well as illustrations of his furniture and woodwork, teapots and vases, video stills and his recent works for the exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. These include Remembering, an installation at the front facade at the Haus der Kunst with backpacks, which commemorates the Sichuan Earthquake and the thousands of children who died in their schools then. Other works are Soft Ground and Rooted Upon. In addition to illustrations of Ai Weiwei s three-dimensional work, there are numerous photographs, images of installations in situ, and blog entries and poems by the artist. Readers will find
much to appreciate in this unique collection by an artist who lives and creates with truthful integrity.
Ai Weiwei Artistís website
Ai Weiwei The best way of decoration is making reasonable use of a space without endowing it with any cultural significance. As for me, I’ve been careful to avoid various dominating design styles. "
Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei, based in Beijing, is an influential presence in contemporary Chinese art. Mr. Ai, a member of the early avant garde Stars Group in 1979, in the mid-1990’s helped establish the experimental East Village community near Beijing, from which younger luminaries like Ma Luming and Zhang Huang emerged…
Ai Weiwei, works At Robert Miller gallery
Ai Weiwei Over the past decades, although he’s trod carefully along, he has occasionally stepped across the boundaries of the permissible…
What is Modern Art?
For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition.
Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter.
But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed.
Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed.
Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art.
From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906)
He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way.
By the late 1960's,and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.
What is Contemporary Art?
Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime.
The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.
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